Tell us about yourself:
My name is Kendall Witt and I’m so excited to introduce myself as the new 1st grade teacher! These past four years I attended the University of Oregon and graduated this spring with a degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology. During my time at the University of Oregon, I was also the school-age teacher at a daycare where I fell in love with all the blessings that come with teaching young children. I am continuing my education through the PACE program, a two-year graduate teaching program that serves Catholic Schools over the US where I will earn my Masters in Teaching. The history of Saint Olaf School and Parish is one that inspires me and a history that I feel incredibly blessed to soon be a part of. I feel extremely fortunate that I get to connect my passions of faith and teaching together and couldn’t think of a better time to start my teaching journey. The catholic faith has always been such a huge part of my life since I was raised in a catholic family of six children and I’m excited to continue my growth in the catholic teachings. I am passionate in ensuring that I create a loving and supportive learning environment for all students where we listen, respect, and love each other. I am looking forward to meeting the Saint Olaf community in August!
If you could have lunch with 1 person dead or alive, who would that be and why?
I would love to have lunch with Pope Francis! I think it would be so amazing to be able to sit down and talk to someone so inspiring and influential!
What is something on your Bucket List?
Something on my Bucket List is visiting Greece. One of my biggest fears is flying, but being able to visit Greece is worth any flight!
What book have you read that changed you and why?
One of the best books I have ever read was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is a book that was written as a letter to the author’s teenage son about his life experiences of being a Black man living in America. It was one of the best books I read during my college career and I even got to attend a lecture presented by Mr. Coates in 2016.
What is your favorite thing about teaching or working with young people?
My favorite thing about teaching are all the “aha-moments” that you get to be a part of when teaching! Those moments of learning are so special and to me is one of the best parts of teaching.
How would a friend describe you in three words?
Joyful, compassionate, and silly!
If you had to compare yourself to one fictional character, who would it be?
One fictional character that I compare myself to is Joy from Inside Out! She is one of my favorite fictional characters because she always strives to be joyful, happy, and helpful!
What is the best BAD decision you ever made?
My sister and I made a last-minute decision to drive to Utah from Oregon after both working eight-hour shifts! We were both so exhausted, but it was a road trip that I will never forget and we were in Utah the next morning.
When are you most yourself?
I’m most myself when I’m around my family! I love being around my brothers, sisters, and parents and I know I can be my silly self when I’m around my family.
What could you spend all day talking about?
I love being an Aunt to my niece and nephew and I could spend all day showing pictures of them and talking about them! They bring so much joy to my life and I love it when I’m able to share the happiness they bring me with others!
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
When I’m not working I like to spend time with my family and friends either watching movies or enjoying the outdoors. I also spend a lot of time on Pinterest and finding DIY crafts to do!